Convention facility’s urban farm dramatizes its sustainability commitment

Sustainability is a major commitment at Cleveland’s new Global Center for Health Innovation and at the adjacent Huntington Convention Center, which are fresh off their star turn hosting the press at the recent Republican National Convention this past July.

The Global Center, which opened in 2014, is a LEED Gold Facility incorporating a number of eco-friendly design elements ranging from daylight harvesting to reduce energy usage on lighting and a green rooftop that uses the Earth’s geothermal and insulating properties to low-flow water systems and water refill stations.

But the most eye-catching initiative is undoubtedly the urban farm dining services provider Levy Restaurants and facility management firm SMG have set up behind the Innovation Center, which is plainly visible both from the glass wall that caps the main ballroom and from surrounding outdoor walkways.

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